Harmonizing requirements for Canadian power engineers

Power Engineers operate and manage equipment that produces energy for use in domestic, commercial and industrial processes and facilities. Jurisdictions across Canada require owners and operators to have these plants registered and supervised by a particular class of power engineer based on equipment type and specified plant power ratings.  


Currently Canadian jurisdictions determine equipment and supervision requirements differently resulting in varied experience requirements and scopes of practice for power engineers. Standardizing these requirements will increase the level of confidence for regulators in the quality of work performed when power engineers move from one jurisdiction to another as permitted by existing labour mobility agreements.

SCC has signed an agreement with the Safety Codes Council of Alberta, who represents all National Public Safety Advisory Committee members, and awarded a contract to the Canadian Standards Association, following its bidding process, for the development of a National Standard of Canada for Power Engineers. The standard aims to harmonize the requirements of Power Engineers, which jurisdictions would be able to adopt into regulation. If adopted, it would ensure uniform and consistent classifications/requirements across all jurisdictions and allow for labour mobility between jurisdictions, in support of the Canadian Free Trade Agreement and other interprovincial trade and labour mobility agreements. SCC oversees the project management of the standard's development. The project is anticipated to be completed in 2025.